“What’s a guy to do when it looks like things are a done deal?” asked Duane, picking at the exposed stuffing in that old brown chair in his basement. “A few days ago as I was driving home from work I heard a talk show host saying he was literally depressed about the political situation after Super Tuesday. I’m sure he’s even more depressed now that Ron Paul is essentially out of the picture.”
“Yeah, usually these talk show guys are upbeat and try to put the best face on things,” I said.
“I have to admire the man for being truthful,” said Survival Sam. “His response is a healthy one and is quite appropriate. In fact, it’s Biblical.”
“Biblical?” said Duane.
“Proverbs 29:2 says, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.’”
Duane looked thoughtful for a moment.
“Look,” Sam said, “you fellas know I don’t put any stock in politicians. The political system isn’t going to make things better or save us. That’s why you have to think and act for yourself. Think of what you have to do to make sure you and your family survive whatever’s coming down the pike toward us. I can assure you, the worst is yet to come.”
“Thanks for the encouragement, Mr. Sunshine,” said Duane.
“I’m serious,” said Sam. “It’s not just me, Duane. For a while now I’ve been seeing commentaries saying things like, ‘It’s over for
“Now you’re depressing me,” Duane said.
“Isn’t there some solution?” I asked.
“There’s always a solution,” Sam said. “I did see one lady’s thoughts which pleased me. She suggested people start acting individually because it’s too late to do anything meaningful on a mass level.”
“That’s good, as far as it goes,” Duane said, “but what does that really mean?”
“stop and think about your own situation,” Sam said. “Just in the past couple of months you’ve made some significant changes in attitude and action. For example, you’ve put grand plans for basement remodeling on hold. You’ve started learning about self defense with firearms. Diane is making plans for a garden this spring. You’re asking questions you wouldn’t have asked not that long ago. You’ve taken a major step by pulling your kids out of the public school and home schooling them.”
“We’ve done what we thought was necessary for our children,” Duane said.
“That’s exactly right,” Sam said. “The key to survival can be summed up by a saying I heard years ago. Necessity makes one do what reason will not.”